Project 365… Once More

If anyone’s been following my blog for a few years, you may remember back in 2013-2014 when I first took on Project 365. I’ve decided to do it again this year and started in the middle of June.

For those who don’t know, the premise is simple: take one photo each day for a year. I’ve chosen to once again catalog my attempts at this project through Instagram, since I like it as a public forum and I think it’s a good way to keep myself on track.

Some days are easier than others. Some days, simply put, are crazy busy, not necessarily with anything interesting, and I nearly forget to take a photo. Other days are busy in a different way and leave me with photo after photo to choose from.

Either way, it’s another endeavor I’ve chosen to pick up – and I think it’ll be especially great with my big trip to New England coming up in under two weeks!

If you’re interested, check out my Instagram for this project here.

Project 365: Complete.

After having it on my bucket list for several years, I can finally say now that I’ve completed my Project 365 initiative. One photo each day for a year…. and I’ve done it! It wasn’t easy at times, some days I struggled to figure out what to do my photo of, but now that I’m done, I just wanted to collect some quick thoughts on the project.

Some days were easy. Those were the days when I was busy and had things going on, whether it was a hockey game, a concert or a vacation. The photos for those days were no-brainers and made the project super easy. The struggling days were those where I didn’t do anything of significance, or all I did was work and go straight home. I couldn’t very well take the same photo every day, so I really had to get creative. This project pushed me to take more walks around the area and see different things in order to get different photos on these days.

This past year saw me through a lot, including:

  • Several concerts, including Warped Tour, Demi Lovato, Big Time Rush, Ke$ha, Cody Simpson
  • Many, many hockey games in various cities (Buffalo, Rochester, Toronto, Erie, etc.)
  • Lots of different food
  • Three┬átrips to New York City
  • A trip to Washington, DC and Arlington, VA
  • The birth of my youngest nephew (and his first year!)
  • An internship with the Red Cross
  • My first times donating blood and horseback riding
  • Several other sporting events, including a Jays game in Toronto, two football games & a lacrosse game
  • Getting my first full-time job
  • ….. and more!

It’s really neat now to look back over those 365 photos and see all that happened. As I said, some photos are more interesting than others. Some days, I dreaded trying to force myself to find a photo to take. But other days, it was really fun, and I had a number of photos to pick from for a single day. Either way, it was a neat project and I’m glad I was able to stick to it. My mom asked me if I was going to start it up again, and I said…. not right away. I think I should take a little break and then maybe I will do it again someday.

For now, it feels weird to not have to think about a photo every day.

Project 365: An Overview

Project 365 is something that’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I’ve made a few feeble attempts at it before, but I never seem to stick to it. I’ve decided to make another go at it, this time incorporating social media – and this blog – into the twist of things.

If you haven’t already figured it out, Project 365 is very simple. Basically, you take one photo each day for a year. It can be anything, from where you went to something you ate or a person you spoke to or anything. It’s designed to tell a story about your life, all the while improving your photography skills and making you think. Since you can only choose one photo for each day, it better be a good one!

I decided to begin this journey on July 6, 2013. It’ll take me through until July 6, 2014 to complete this task, but I’d really like to stick to it. I’ve created an Instagram account specifically for my Project 365 photos: follow it @mk_project365. I’ve also incorporated them so they’ll show up in the sidebar of this blog so you can see them here.

Any of you guys have a Project 365 going? How is it going for you? I’d love to share my photos with you guys and see your photos in return.

Stay tuned!